Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Floral Dress to Skirt: On Target

The Challenge
On the face of it this seemed like a non-challenge. 
This project is right up my alley for redesigns.  What could be more straight-forward than taking a maxi dress, cutting of the top portion and reconfiguring it into a skirt (for someone who sews)?  However, after the deed was done, I wasn't sure if I really liked it or not.  I have previously worn this with a teal tank and turquoise cardigan.  It was fine, but felt ho-hum.  When I decided to style it for this blog post, my fondness for this skirt was very much in question.  By swapping out the teal for berry, I couldn't be happier.  It is surprising how much I like this look, now.

The Details
I found this dress on clearance at Target.  While I'm no longer a spaghetti strap wearer (see "before" photo below), the colored print is in my preferred palette.  The skirt line is straight enough more/less and the extra ruffles give it some interest without going over the top.  My height threw the proportions off somewhat.   I cut off the bodice portion, made a casing and added elastic for the waist.  If you're not big on sewing, a top over the dress would be an alternative.  The slit was also closed by several inches.  A clear hair elastic was twisted around a gathered "tail" at the waist and tucked under, the back was left long.  The tunic tank is also from Target, last seen at my What to Wear with a Camo Skirt post.  Adding my pale orange handbag and teal cardigan lend a subtle contrast.

The Takeaway
Maybe leaving the intended purchase on the rack is the best option.  Otherwise, you may want to try and try again, to get a look you love.


Outfit Details
Target Tank Top | Target Dress (similar) | Cole Haan Handbag (similar) | CAbi Cardigan | Freebird Shoes (similar) | Necklace, Charming Charlie's (similar)



  1. I hear you about that takeaway Kim. Yet, then again, it's the challenge that can make it way more fun to create something that works out of something that doesn't. I always say it's good for the brain...LOL!!

  2. Well I am impressed with not only your vision but your sewing skills. I can't even sew a button on - really, I am that bad. I love the mustard color of the skirt with the burgundy tank - it's perfect for fall! Looks lovely on you my friend - great job!

    1. Sometimes my vision gets me into more trouble than it's worth! Thank you!

  3. How good of you! I am so bad with needle and siccors.

    1. Thank, Nancy! I've been sewing for a long, long time!

  4. This is such a smart styling idea! I need to try this with my maxis

  5. That necklace is fabulous!! Your skirt reminds me of my jumpsuit! So, of course, you know I love it. Which is odd, because we both know I don’t wear brights very often. But that pattern/color is just all kinds of fun and happy, right? Love it.

    1. Thanks, Daenel--maybe that's why I liked your jumpsuit so well, too!

  6. How lovely, what a great switch! Love the whole colour scheme, I have styled a mustard dress this week, it's a great colour for Autumn/fall. xx Please do join the #chicandstylish #linkup over on my blog now. Jacqui Mummabstylish


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